The following questions and explanations are meant to help potential applicants determine whether the AZA Conservation Grants Fund (CGF) is an appropriate source of funding for their project’s needs and to ease application completion and submission process.
Each Principal Investigator (PI) identified on the application must have an independent AZA Membership (including those employed by an AZA-accredited institution). All others should be listed as collaborators in the narrative of the proposal and do not need to be members of AZA. The roles and qualifications of all collaborators should be described in detail and their CVs may be attached to the application if appropriate. Learn more about AZA Individual Membership.
Please see the CGF Tips for Success for suggestions.
Yes, AZA has defined six specific categories:
Field Conservation receives the most proposals and Animal Health receives the fewest.
Most proposals are made by larger institutions, however CGF encourages submissions from smaller institutions as the average rate of award success is equal amongst small and large institutions.
Yes. Costs that are not supported include:
Yes, projects are given preference if they:
Each CGF grant is for one year only. PIs can apply for a second year of funding, but must do so by submitting a new application. The same component of a project can be funded for a maximum of two cycles. However, different components of the same project are eligible for consideration as new project submissions.
Yes. CGF grants are intended as seed money to attract other funding sources, and only cover one year of a project's budget at a time. The same component of a project can be funded for a maximum of two cycles. However, different components of the same project will be considered and previous recipients may certainly apply for funding to support a different project. Since CGF proposals are reviewed based on their individual merit, there is not a limit on the number of times a PI can apply for CGF funding - even within a single funding cycle.
The average CGF award is approximately $18,000.
Yes. You may apply for CGF funding even if you've already applied to other funding sources. You must indicate in the budget section of your CGF application which items (if any) were also requested from other sources and identify all other pending grants. You are required to alert the AZA Conservation office if funding is received that overlaps with the part of the project for which CGF support is requested. The AZA Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) retains the right to revoke any portion of a CGF award if additional funding that overlaps with the CGF portion is accepted.
The CGF cannot fund project-related salaries for staff who are already employed elsewhere, providing them with a "second salary,” nor can CGF support their long-term, regular employment, even if that employment is based on soft-money (e.g., grants). Salaries for graduate students, technicians, and start-up positions established solely for the purpose of completion of the project may qualify for funding.
Applicants are encouraged to list references for statements made within the proposal. References may be an appendix, attached as a separate Word document, to the CGF application email.
No. Although you should be aware of the related Animal Program or Committee research priorities, endorsements are not suggested or required as part of the CGF application. Instead, at least one relevant AZA Animal Program and/or AZA Board-level Committee will review the completed proposal during the review process to address its relevancy to current priorities.
Each year, proposals are disqualified due to simple mistakes. The AZA Conservation office is happy to check over proposals received at least one week prior to the 5:00 PM EDT, 15 March submission deadline. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their proposals as early as possible to allow time for corrections. CGF administrators are not obligated to alert applicants to errors or omissions in proposals received less than two weeks before the application deadline.
The CGF application review is a two-tiered process, ensuring that only the proposals of highest quality and relevance are selected for funding. More information and a detailed description of this process can be found on the Selection Process page.
Each June, we send out a fundraising appeal to AZA members; however members and the general public can donate at any time. Members donating at least $200 will be recognized at the Annual Conference. All contributors to the CGF are acknowledged in our member magazine, Connect, each year, as well as on AZA's website. Donate now!
AZA is a non-profit organization exempt from federal income tax under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the CGF or any fund of the AZA are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Please email CGF@aza.org